Free Fiction Monday: Dunyon

In a rundown bar on a space station at the end of the universe, a customer asks for passage to Dunyon. But the owner and bartender have never heard of Dunyon.

When the next night, more and more people show, Dunyon, that little bar, and the entire space station face a very big crisis.

“Dunyon,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Found It!

I’ve been poking, poking, poking trying to find the new topic that will send newer writers, particularly indie writers, into high dudgeon. Topics like that expose the current myths and traps that writers can find themselves in. I was beginning to think we had hit that point in the indie cycle where the writers had spread out and didn’t have the same assumptions or were […]

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Business Musings: Mushroom Publishers And The Tsunami of Crap

So much of the writing advice we get comes from a set of assumptions that are no longer true. I’m not sure if they were ever true. But that’s for another blog post. (Or maybe I’ve written that post already.) Anyway, the assumption is that our culture is monolithic, that we all read the same books, and we’re all influenced by the same writers. Maybe […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Death and Taxes

People often misquote Benjamin Franklin on the only certainties in life—death and taxes. But Patrick wonders about the truth in that.

Once, young and foundering, he embarked on a quest to challenge life’s inevitabilities.

Now, older and jaded, he comes face to face with his past, forcing him to question everything he believes.

“Death and Taxes,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Newsletters and Discoverability

I promised in the comments of last week’s blog that I’d write about newsletters. Except for mentions and brief discussion in blogs on other topics, I really haven’t discussed newsletters much. In my book Discoverability, I list newsletters as one of the minimal things a writer should do (in addition to a static website and a book publication list) so that readers can find the […]

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Recommended Reading List: March 2017

I came out of the anthology workshop a little dazed. I read for one day afterwards before starting on the reading I hadn’t finished for the science fiction workshop, coming in April. (I’m reading the year’s bests, below, for the sf workshop.) I also have a lot of editing to do this month, so that takes some of my reading time. Still, I found time […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Case of the Vanishing Boy

Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade gets a strange request: A tiny woman with pointed ears asks him to help her with a case at FleshCon, a California science fiction convention.

The tiny woman turns out to be the infamous Paladin, whom Spade thought was only a rumor. Paladin needs help finding a teenage boy whom she says vanishes whenever she approaches him.

Spade knows that disappearing teenagers only live in (ahem) science fiction novels, so he vows to do everything he can to find the missing boy—and to impress the impressive Paladin.

“The Case of the Vanishing Boy,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Bestseller Lists and Other Dreams

In March, Marie Force announced she would no longer chase the bestseller lists when she released her latest book title. She wrote a great, honest, and direct blog about her thinking, and I urge you to read it all. In the blog, she describes a trajectory of obsession and disillusionment that is very familiar to me. I’ve gone through that range of emotions several times […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Last Vampire

Ever wonder what happened to the scary vampire? The icky, white-faced creature of the night? The kind of vampire that vants to suck your blooood, not the kind that wants to kiss you silly?

Well, only one such vampire remains, huddled in his New York apartment. He has one last chance to save his race. One last chance—and a foolproof plan. Or so he thinks…

“The Last Vampire,” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Data Diving

Writers obsess about how many people they have on their newsletter, whether those names are “good” names, what kind of marketing they should do for those people, what kind of writing they should do because of the newsletter, whether the last marketing campaign brought in “good” names that converted to real dollars, whether five impressions with click-throughs and buys are better than fifty impressions with click-throughs and no buys yet.

If we end up obsessing too much…

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